#IAMHU: Dr. Saeed Esmaili Sardari, Assistant Professor in ISEM program and Computer and Information Systems

As  assistant professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Dr. Saeed Esmaili Sardari hopes to instill a lifelong love of learning in his students in the computer science and Information System Engineering Courses.

Dr. Esmaili earned a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Tehran, Iran in 2001 before continuing his education in the United States.

Here, he received a master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Microelectronics and Device Physics from A James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining Harrisburg University, Dr. Esmaili taught several mathematics courses, physics, computer science and engineering courses at both Georgetown University and University of Maryland. But his expertise doesn’t stop there. He also has research interests in semiconductor device fabrication, device physics, nanotechnology, circuit design and digital logic.

“Saeed is a terrific addition to the computer science faculty, bringing a depth of technical expertise coupled with a proven student-centered approach to education,” said Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University. “Additionally, he brings industry experience as well as a research agenda to the University.”

Dr. Esmaili said he was most drawn to the “unorthodox system of education” at Harrisburg University. Here, faculty and students communicate and learn from each other, as well as some of the influential leaders at the school, he said.

“I noticed Harrisburg University had a great environment and from day one I felt welcomed,” he said. “It’s a place where everybody tries to learn something and help each other grow without the office politics.”

Dr. Esmaili believes his past teaching experience prepared him for his new endeavor at Harrisburg University and he feels comfortable working with students of all levels. As a prior international student, Dr. Esmaili thinks he can bring a different level of understanding to the university as it welcomes students from around the world.

He hopes to give his students a deep understanding of class material so they understand what’s being taught to them, Dr. Esmaili said. But beyond classroom instruction, he hopes to give students a notion of knowledge in general and to create an environment that encourages them to strive beyond the basic requirements.

He doesn’t believe in limiting students to textbooks or lecture notes, but hopes to give Harrisburg University students a hunger for knowledge so they leave having developed a lifestyle of learning.